BUFFALO, N.Y. – A team of two seniors and two juniors in
the University at Buffalo School of Management has won the annual
On Target Undergraduate Club Case Competition, sponsored by Target
Representing the Pi Sigma Epsilon student club, the winners were
Jacob Bluestein of Buffalo, Safia Dandia of Endicott, Dan Maitles
of Nesconset and Peter Preziosa of Lawrence.
The team and club will share a $3,000 prize, with each student
receiving $250 and Pi Sigma Epsilon receiving $2,000.
The competition aims to help undergraduate students hone their
analytic, communication, presentation and teamwork skills beyond
the classroom by investigating and issuing recommendations for
real-world business challenges.
Fourteen teams representing 56 UB School of Management students
entered the competition this year. Titled “The War for
Guests,” the case focused on how technology is changing the
marketplace and what traditional retailers must do to compete
against online merchants and startups.
Teams were asked to develop a comprehensive analysis of
Target’s competition and current purchasing trends, and to
identify Target’s strengths and weaknesses in merchandising,
branding and other areas. In the final round of competition on Feb.
28, the top five teams presented their analyses and
Five Target team leaders served as judges for the final
presentations: Nick Bowe ’07, Nancy Farrell, Mike Pollutro
’00, Katie Ferrari and Megan Kane ’03, PMBA
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests
at 1,917 stores — 1,793 in the United States and 124 in
Canada — and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5
percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today,
that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more
information about Target’s commitment to corporate
responsibility, visit: target.com/corporateresponsibility.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its
programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates.
For more information about the UB School of Management, visit: mgt.buffalo.edu.